The Commodore by Patrick O'Brian
(Vol. Book 17) (Aubrey/Maturin Novels)

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The seventeenth novel in the best-selling Aubrey/Maturin series of naval tales, which the New York Times Book Review has described as "the best historical novels ever written."

Having survived a long and desperate adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed Clarissa Oakes.

Much of The Commodore takes place on land, in sitting rooms and in drafty castles, but the roar of the great guns is never far from our hearing. Aubrey and Maturin are sent on a bizarre decoy mission to the fever-ridden lagoons of the Gulf of Guinea to suppress the slave trade. But their ultimate destination is Ireland, where the French are mounting an invasion that will test Aubrey's seamanship and Maturin's resourcefulness as a secret intelligence agent.

The subtle interweaving of these disparate themes is an achievement of pure storytelling by one of our greatest living novelists.

About Patrick O'Brian

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Patrick O'Brian is the author of twenty volumes in the highly respected Aubrey/Maturin series of novels.
Published December 5, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 351 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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O'Brian enjoys a sparkling success while playing with distinctly modern themes -- in this 17th installment of the lives of Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, best friends and seafaring warriors of the Napoleonic Wars.

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Having spent 16 previous volumes so wonderfully delineating his pair of 18th-century heroes, Captain Jack Aubrey and physician/secret agent Stephen Maturin, and the world in which they live, O'Brian apparently feels that series fans will be delighted to share any aspect of their lives.

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Although the books are built on plots linked to sea battles and traitors, the heart of the enterprise is O'Brian's nuanced depiction of human relationships—especially friendship and love, as they evolve over time—and his ability to create a world so detailed, it seems touchable.

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The experiences of the fleet in putting down the slave trade take Aubrey to a part of the world he has hitherto given the widest possible berth, and we get an good insight in to the squalid realities of the trafficking in human souls.

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